Coaches tab Pioneers as 2019 Summit League Men’s Soccer Favorite

Coaches tab Pioneers as 2019 Summit League Men’s Soccer Favorite

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Denver was predicted to win The Summit League's 2019 men's soccer title by the league's six head coaches. This marks the seventh consecutive season that the Pioneers have been tabbed as the league favorite by the coaches.

The Pioneers, winners of at least a share of the last six regular season crowns, collected four of the possible five first-place votes. Rounding out the preseason league standings are Omaha, Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Oral Roberts and Purdue Fort Wayne.

Points were compiled on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis, though each coach was not allowed to vote for their own team.

The 37th season of men's soccer in The Summit League begins August 30.

2019 Summit League Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank

School

Points (1st)

2018 Record (Summit Record)

1.

Denver

24 (4)

15-4-2 (4-0-1, 13 pts.)

2.

Omaha

21 (2)

7-8-1 (4-1-0, 12 pts.)

3.

Purdue Fort Wayne

16

10-8-1 (2-3, 6 pts.)

4.

Oral Roberts

13

6-7-3 (0-3-2, 2 pts.)

5.

Western Illinois

9

4-10-3 (1-3-1, 4 pts.)

6.

Eastern Illinois

7

3-11-4 (1-2-2, 5 pts.)

2019 Summit League Preseason Players to Watch

Denver

Jacob Stensson – Junior | Midfielder | Stockholm, Sweden

• 2018 First Team All-Summit League selection and All-Tournament team

• Played in and started 20 matches last season and helped Denver finish 19th in the country in goals against average (.725) and 12thin shutout percentage (.524)

• Tallied eight assists, sixth most in a Denver single-season

Preston Judd – Junior | Forward | Henderson, Nev.

• Started all 19 matches for California Baptist University in 2018

• Led the team and the WAC in goals scored with 15 while adding two assists

• Was named First Team All-WAC and Second Team All-Far West Region

 

Eastern Illinois

Edgar Mesa – Senior | Midfielder | San Miguel de Abona, Spain

• 2018 First Team All-Summit League

• Played and started 15 matches, including playing in 14 matches in their entirety

• Helped Eastern Illinois earn back-to-back League shutouts against Denver and Western Illinois

 

Omaha

Diego Gutierrez – Junior | Forward | Omaha, Neb.

• 2018 First Team All-Summit League with two player of the week honors in 2018

• Totaled 21 points in 2018, third best mark in school history

• Led the Mavs with seven goals and seven assists

 

Oral Roberts

Junior Chavez – Senior | Forward | Irving, Texas

• 2018 Second Team All-Summit League

• Recorded a career-high 16 points last season with six goals and four assists

• Was a perfect 3-for-3 in penalty kicks

 

Purdue Fort Wayne

Emil Fosse – Sophomore | Midfielder | Aalesund, Norway

• Played in six matches for Denver in 2018

• Logged 90 minutes of action

• Recorded one shot on goal

 

Western Illinois

Paul Kirdorf – Junior | Midfielder | Kaub, Germany

• 2018 Second Team All-Summit League

• Started 14 matches, logging 1,231 minutes

• Earned a team-high seven points on two goals and three assists

 

Note: Players to Watch nominated by the league's head coaches

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